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RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.
Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Ronette Burkes-Trowsdell, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Ronette “Roni” Burkes-Trowsdell previously served as warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio, and was recently promoted to Regional Director of Specialty Institutions. Throughout Roni’s 18-year tenure with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, she has chosen to lead and support diverse projects that aim to increase access to the arts for those who are justice-involved around the state.
Sierra Leone, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2018: Sierra Leone, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Writer Sierra Leone is the president and artistic director of OFP Theatre Company, co-founded with her husband Robert Owens, Sr. For more than a decade, Ohio has benefitted from Sierra's vision of creative urban arts as a powerful artistic medium to bring communities together across racial, cultural, ideological, and economic divides.

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